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Journalists Broach Topics From Treating Shooting Victims to Sunscreen Safety

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Watch: John Oliver Dishes on KFF Health News’ Opioid Settlements Series

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Clean Needles Save Lives. In Some States, They Might Not Be Legal.

Ed Mahon, Spotlight PA and Sarah Boden, WESA Kim Botteicher hardly thinks of herself as a criminal. On the main floor of a former Catholic church in Bolivar, Pennsylvania, Botteicher runs a flower shop and cafe. In the former church’s basement, she also operates a nonprofit organization focused on helping people caught up in the

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The Lure of Specialty Medicine Pulls Nurse Practitioners From Primary Care

For many patients, seeing a nurse practitioner has become a routine part of primary care, in which these “NPs” often perform the same tasks that patients have relied on doctors for. But NPs in specialty care? That’s not routine, at least not yet. Increasingly, though, nurse practitioners and physician assistants are joining cardiology, dermatology, and

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KFF Health News' 'What the Health?': Bird Flu Lands as the Next Public Health Challenge

The Host Public health officials are watching with concern since a strain of bird flu spread to dairy cows in at least nine states, and to at least one dairy worker. But in the wake of covid-19, many farmers are loath to let in health authorities for testing. Meanwhile, another large health company — the

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Medics at UCLA Protest Say Police Weapons Drew Blood and Cracked Bones

Inside the protesters’ encampment at UCLA, beneath the glow of hanging flashlights and a deafening backdrop of exploding flash-bangs, OB-GYN resident Elaine Chan suddenly felt like a battlefield medic. Police were pushing into the camp after an hours-long standoff. Chan, 31, a medical tent volunteer, said protesters limped in with severe puncture wounds, but there

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Federal Panel Prescribes New Mental Health Strategy To Curb Maternal Deaths

For help, call or text the National Maternal Mental Health Hotline at 1-833-TLC-MAMA (1-833-852-6262) or contact the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline by dialing or texting “988.” Spanish-language services are also available. BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Milagros Aquino was trying to find a new place to live and had been struggling to get used to new

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Addiction Treatment Homes Say Montana’s Funding Fixes Don’t Go Far Enough

Montana health officials have started a voucher system to help people with substance use disorders move into transitional housing as they rebuild their lives. But those who run the clinical houses said the new money isn’t enough to fix a financial hole after a prior state revamp. Residential treatment facilities are usually nondescript homes tucked

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California’s $12 Billion Medicaid Makeover Banks on Nonprofits’ Buy-In

TURLOCK, Calif. — For much of his young life, Jorge Sanchez regularly gasped for air, at times coughing so violently that he’d almost throw up. His mother whisked him to the emergency room late at night and slept with him to make sure he didn’t stop breathing. “He’s had these problems since he was born,

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The Psychedelics-As-Medicine Movement Spreads to California

Ecstasy, “magic mushrooms” and other psychedelic drugs could soon be recognized as therapeutic in California — one of the latest states, and the biggest, to consider allowing their use as medicine. Legislation by state Sen. Scott Wiener (D) and Assembly member Marie Waldron (R) would allow the therapeutic use of psilocybin, mescaline, ecstasy and dimethyltryptamine

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